What Happened on May 6, 1896

Day of the Week: Wednesday

Historical Events

  • 22nd Kentucky Derby: Willie Simms aboard Ben Brush wins in 2:07.75
  • Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on the Potomac River, USA. The aircraft travels almost 3/4 of a mile - ten times further than any previous heavier-than-air flying machine.